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Old 08-02-2014, 07:05 AM   #1
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E46 ICE install advice please?

Hi, I'm new to this so please bare with me

Has anyone done an ICE install to a BMW E46 by upgrading the Harman Kardon system?

I contacted BSW as I know they can do plug and play but there is no evidence other than their word that sound quality will improve. I'm looking for volume

I did change over my head unit awhile back and volume dramatically increased but to the detriment of blowing a speak or two.

I want to do one but not sure where to start. I'm based in Essex and I don't have a set budget but it must look professional without damaging the interior.

I've got an E46 convertible with full HK, MP3 business head unit and MP3 disc changer.

Can I keep the head unit, disc changer and upgrade only the speakers, amp and sub, will that give me more power or am I limited to what output the head unit can/is running already

Any help would be really appreciated? Straight talking, no sales pitches please (BSW!)

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Old 08-03-2014, 04:40 PM   #2
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There's a dedicated ICE forum where you'll probably get more responses.

If you're looking for quality audio with the top down, my solution was to pick up a set of bluetooth headphones (LG 730 Tone+). I've also used the speakerphone function at 55mph with the top and all windows down...no complaints from the other end...may work at even faster speeds, but just haven't tried it yet. Otherwise, I can't help you with dB competition (ie. annoying the neighbors); I value my hearing too much. YMMV.
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Old 08-04-2014, 02:28 PM   #3
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I used the BSW Stage 1 which was plug and play, and then upgraded the subwoofer, and am very happy with the results. You will see in the ICE forum that you can get more for your money not going BSW but you don't get the plug and play, which was worth it to me. Just Stage 1 w/o a subwoofer upgrade was better, but to me, still lacking as it didn't have the volume I needed.

So, your choices are BSW plug and play for better sound and extra $$, or custom system for less $$, but you have to do the homework, likely some cutting, etc. and built it yourself, but the sound could/should be even better. I did a mix due to the subwoofer.
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Old 08-04-2014, 02:59 PM   #4
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Thanks guys for replying.

My concern is, that if I walk into a local audio dealer, they will sell me whatever they see fit but I have review of such equipment

I'd really appreciate knowing what speakers, amp, sub to replace all HK ones. Maybe even a head unit and disc changer if required but must blend it with the carbon black interior

Volume is important to me. The sub volume not so much as I don't want a car that just buzzes.

Any specific models/names would be really helpful as I've not kitted a car in ice for a number of years and again I was lead by the dealer which I'm sure isn't always the best option if you do your homework.

Without the aid of max power, redline, fast car anymore, I'm not sure where to start!

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Old 08-04-2014, 03:13 PM   #5
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There is an Audio forum:

http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=22

and a search tool:

http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=523290

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